Donald Trump embroiled in Nazi tweet controversy

  • 15/07/2015
Donald Trump (Reuters)
Donald Trump (Reuters)

Another day campaigning for president, another controversy for US tycoon Donald Trump, who's been lampooned over a tweet that appeared to show Nazis marching under the White House.

"Make America Great Again", was the catchphrase alongside a montage of the US flag merged with his face, banknotes, the White House and marching armed soldiers.

Just one problem, the soldiers weren't American heroes, but men dressed up as Nazis from the Waffen SS.

Critics mocked Trump for failing to spot the difference between heroes and Nazis, who were responsible for the murder of six million Jews. His campaign swiftly deleted the tweet.

A spokesperson blamed the foul-up on an intern.

"A young intern created and posted the image and did not see the very faded figures within the flag of the stock photo," she told AFP in a statement.

"The intern apologised and immediately deleted the tweet."

Trump has blazed onto the campaign trail, offending his rivals and the Latino community by branding Mexicans rapists.

Yet on Tuesday he topped the crowded field of Republican presidential candidates for a second straight week, according to a new Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll.

He was in the lead with 17 percent of support among party faithful and independents, ahead of Jeb Bush, the son of one former president and the brother of another.